November 15, 2010
For more information, contact:
Eloisa Townsend
(360) 750-1533 ext. 18       
Vancouver, Wash. - The Vancouver USA Regional Tourism Office is pleased to announce its 
newly elected directors and officers for 2011.  Effective January 1, 2011, Carla Rise, general 
manager of Residence Inn, assumes the position of Board Chair.  Brian McClary, director of 
operations for The Heathman Lodge, will be Vice Chair, and Kari Jonassen, general manager 
of Homewood Suites will be Secretary/Treasurer. Eric Walters, general manager of Hilton 
Vancouver Washington has joined the Board as the newest elected director.  
The returning 2011 Board of Directors a as follows:
Jan Bader
Program & Policy 
Development Manager
City of Vancouver
Justin Kobluk
Executive Director
Clark County Event Center
Cindee Carson
General Manager
Phoenix Inn Suites
Kim Bennett
President and CEO
Vancouver USA Regional 
Tourism Office
Kelly Sills
Economic Development Manager
Clark County
Elson Strahan
President and CEO
Fort Vancouver National Trust
Alison Hite
General Manager
Springhill Suites by Marriott
Patrick Quinlan
General Manager
Red Lion Hotel at the Quay
Jayson Zimmer
General Manager
Staybridge Suites
About Vancouver USA Regional Tourism Office
Vancouver USA Regional Tourism Office (formerly Southwest Washington Convention & Visitors Bureau) 
is an economic development organization responsible for competitively marketing Vancouver and the 
surrounding area as a destination for meetings, conventions, and group and leisure travelers. The 
organization's mission is to promote Vancouver and Clark County by increasing convention and visitor 
business. For more information call 360-750-1553, or log on to